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Quick Fix: The Beloved Buddha Bowl, Soul Food Style

11/19/2010

Okay yall, I’m gonna let you in on a secret “discovery” I made earlier this week.  Apparently, there’s a really popular meal called a Buddha Bowl that’s been well known in the vegan community for years now. 

How could I not have known this?

Seriously – where have I been?

Well, when I heard about this quick fix & found out how ridiculously simple it is to make, I had to experience it for myself.

 VegNSoul Buddha Bowl

 

It is indeed a bowl of deliciousness.

The basic components of a Buddha Bowl are so simple, anybody can put one together in less that ten minutes & have a healthy meal.

The ingredients are:

  • A small serving of grain (I’ve been using like 1/3 cup)
  • A protein of your choice
  • A bunch a greens & veggies you like (as many as you can handle)
  • A few spices you dig, and a light sauce/dressing of some kind
  • Throw on a few nuts/seeds for good measure while you’re at it

When I made this bowl I was flying by the seat of my pantyhose, mixing flavors that I liked & hoping it came out okay.  At first bite, my whole body got the giggles! The more I ate, the harder it was to believe that I’d never thought of this.  Dinner & lunch the next day were repeats!

I’m telling you, if you’ve only got a tiny sliver of time to fit lunch or dinner prep into your busy schedule, do yourself a favor & make one of these instead grabbing some bag o’crap from your office vending machine.

Now, in case you want an idea to get you started, here’s what I put in my “Soul Buddha” Bowl.  Feel free to try it out.

 

What to use:

  • 1/3c leftover rice
  • 2Tbs cheesy bean sauce (I’ll share the recipe once I tweak it); use brown That's Chocolate chip banana bread in the background.gravy, mushroom sauce, whatevs
  • A slice of my leftover (vegan) meatloaf
  • One monster handful of spinach
  • 1 green onion, sliced (both the green & white parts)
  • 2Tbs cilantro
  • 1/2 of a large tomato
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2Tbs flax seed, ground
  • Seasonings:  Coarse sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, red chili flakes/Tabasco
  • “Dressing”: Soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, apple cider vinegar…all to taste

 

What to do:

Layer your bowl contents in the order listed above.  (Warm any leftovers you’re using to layer on the bottom first).  Sit down with a nice, healthy drink, mix your bowl contents together, & enjoy.  Have a feeling of peace and tranquility, knowing that you’ve done something wonderful for your body.

 

I can’t wait to make one with marinated kale/collard salad & polenta (in place of the cornbread).  There are so many possibilities!

Have you ever had a Buddha Bowl?  What are your favorite ingredients? 

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